Irish SBK Champion Derek Shiels joins Greenall Racing for Classic TT


Horst Saiger getting his knee down at Creg Ny Baa on the Greenall Racing ZXR 750. Photo: www.iomtt.com/Dave Kneen

Irish Superbike Champion Derek Shiels will join Greenall Racing alongside Horst Saiger for the Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT. Both will ride identical Kawasaki ZXR750’s in the four lap Superbike race which will be held over the August bank holiday.

Saiger competed with the team at the 2015 Classic TT and finished thirteenth overall. He came back in 2016 and finished sixth, lapping at 122.529mph. Unfortunately, he was disqualified due to technical infringement and had his best place finish taken away from him. He did, however, finish tenth in the Bennetts Senior Classic TT race, riding an immaculately prepared Egli-Vincent EVG500.

The Classic TT is completely new to Shiels, and he’ll be making his debut this year after a not-so-great Isle of Man TT. He was forced to retire from all four of his races, but did lap at an impressive 128.70mph, making him the fastest racer from Southern Ireland around the Mountain Course.

Greenall Racing are well established in the road racing scene. Having formed over thirty years ago, they have enjoyed a number of successes around the Mountain Course and Irish roads, with riders such as Bill Ingham, Geoff Johnson, Steve Hazlett, Bob Jackson, Jim Hodson and Jim Moodie. They also prepared the late Simon Beck’s 926cc Ducati which he rode to third in the 1995 Formula 1 TT race.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to the Island for the Classic TT and hopefully I’ll have more luck than I did at the TT in June,” said Shiels ahead of his Classic TT debut.  “The Classic TT has gone from strength to strength since it started so it is good to finally get involved.

“I’m excited about riding the Greenall Kawasaki’s which look to be amongst the best bikes out there, and I am hopeful of getting a good result for Angus (Greenall) and the team.”